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Deborah Sharples

Deborah Sharples - Partner


Deborah is a Partner and the Head of Property (Planning & Environment law). She deals with both contentious and non contentious matters and regularly appears as an advocate.


Deborah has over twenty eight years experience in the fields of planning and environmental law and advises a range of clients including developers and other businesses, public bodies, charities and private individuals in both a rural and an urban context. The combination of experience in planning, environment and other regulatory areas is invaluable in situations where the considerations overlap. Deborah frequently appears as advocate in public inquiries and in the magistrates court and has a high rate of success in both arenas. She advises regularly in connection with proposals for the development of land, acting for both landowners and developers. The negotiation and drafting of section 106 and other agreements is an important element of the practice and her knowledge of public rights of way and environmental matters is of great value. Her area of experience includes substantial housing led development and smaller scale, but often contentious, development such as intensive livestock units. Deborah has significant experience in connection with High Court challenges of planning and environmental decisions and advises as to the merits and procedure. Her experience includes enforcement and advice in relation to the lawfulness of development. She advises on compliance, including with Environmental Permits and on the interpretation of permissions and permits.


Deborah read law at the University of Birmingham and Chester Law School. She has wide experience in the development of land, waste management, pollution and nuisance including in connection with intensive livestock. She joined Hewitsons in 2002.

Additional information

A Leading Individual in Chambers & Partners UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2019. A Leading Lawyer in Legal 500 Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession 2019.


Number of Years Experience

28 years

Date of Qualification


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